Veteran pro Tracy Adams of Wilkesboro showed the field in the BASS Southern Open how it was done on Thursday's first of three competition days, sacking a limit that weighed more than 20 pounds and giving himself a lead of better than five pounds.

Adams caught the biggest bass of the first day, a 6-pound, 1-ounce linker, and he finished with a 5-fish limit that weighed 20 pounds, 13 ounces.

Alabama angler Kevin Hawk is a distant second with 15-7.
 Two more North Carolina fishermen are in the top five: Pete Bejte of Charlotte is fourth with 12-8, and Alvin Shaw of State Road is tied for fifth with 12-7.

Adams caught the 6-1 bass and another 4-1/2-pounder sight-fishing for big female bass that are spawning.

On the co-angler side, Tom McDermott of Madison, N.C. is first with a 3-fish limit weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and Preston Harris of State Road is third with 6-13. McDermott fished out of the back of Adams' boat on the first day.